Before You Begin

The diagram below describes what we mean when we refer to, for example, the "left" or "bottom" of the machine:

NOTE: Even though the picture below is of a CupCake CNC, the direction of movement of the X, Y, and Z axis will remain the same. Don't worry, we'll update this picture soon!-)


The Thingomatic moves pieces and tools along three axis: the X axis, the Y axis, and the Z axis. The X axis is the one that runs from left to right; the Y axis is the one that runs towards and away from you. (Think of these as being like the X and Y axis of a graph, seen from above.) The Z axis goes up and down.

Spend a moment to study this illustration carefully— it seems simple, but it will save you a lot of time and frustration later!

Tools you'll need

There are some common tools and supplies that are required to build the Thingomatic but don't ship with the actual kit:

  1. Soldering iron
    • You'll need to make four easy solder connections to hook up the Plastruder Mk5
  2. Electronics solder
  3. Pliers, preferably needle-nosed
    • These will help you tighten down nuts
  4. Hot glue gun
    • A dab of hot glue will help keep the bearings from coming loose
  5. Super glue, or white glue
    • A bit of glue can be used to make sure the press-fit bearings don't come loose

Next step: About Bolts And Nuts

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